“Legislation limits truck drivers’ hours with the result that they are often caught in a situation where they need to stop either for a break or an overnight rest. But as truck parking is in short supply, truck drivers spend an average of 56 minutes a day searching for available spaces and are often faced with the choice of driving beyond their permitted hours or parking illegally. Contravening drivers’ hours regulations can lead to their licence being withdrawn, while the penalty for parking in the wrong place is a ticket and a fine. In reality there is no choice: drivers risking the loss of their livelihood; or, effectively, a slap on the wrist.”

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